Popular and sometimes controversial actor and director of Kannada films like Om, Super, and the self-titled Upendra.
He started his career as a writer and assistant director to Kashinath.
His 1999 self-titled film Upendra was one of the highest-grossing Kannada films of its time, shattering previous box office records.
He married former Miss Kolkata Priyanka Trivedi in 2003. They have children named Ayush and Aishwarya together.
His 2000 film Preethse featured Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre.